Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an advanced surgical technique which offers the highest cure rate (99%) for most skin cancers. It requires highly specialized training and personnel. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is also a tissue-sparing technique which allows for superior cosmetic results.  

Dr. Robert Skaggs completed a year-long ACGME accredited Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Together with his talented team of dermatology specialists he is bringing his experience to the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center.  So, if you are one of the over 5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, you can trust our team at the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center to provide comfortable, experienced skin cancer treatment so you can get back to enjoying your life.

Over 50 years ago, Dr. Frederick Mohs developed a surgical technique for the microscopically controlled removal of skin cancers. Since then the technique has been modified and named Mohs micrographic surgery.  Mohs micrographic surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in the dermatologist’s office under local anesthesia.

You should know that not all cancer cells are visible to the naked eye and it is possible that cancer cells may form roots or fingers that can extend beyond what is visible on the surface.  If all of the cancer cells are not removed, the tumor will return and will need more extensive surgery to remove it.  Dr. Skaggs and his team at the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center help to give you the highest cure rate possible to ensure the best functional and cosmetic result.

The most common types of skin cancer are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Sebaceous carcinoma
  • Atypical Fibroxanthoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Extramammary Paget’s Disease

**These and other skin cancers are recommended to be removed with Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

Mohs micrographic surgery uses microscopic visualization to ensure that all cancer cells are removed on day of surgery. Other surgical techniques can lead to recurrence of the skin cancer and/or removal of too much normal tissue resulting in poor cosmetic results.

Please visit the American College of Mohs Surgery for more information.

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